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Mar 29, 2020 Val McDermid
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Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime 1. Secrets From The Dead Bestselling crime author Val McDermid has long been fascinated with forensic science. Now she delves into the medical archives to discover the secrets of this incredible field. The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, who they are, how they lived, how they died - and who killed them. Through forensic medicine, a corpse, the scene of a crime or a single hair can reveal the secrets that...
Topics: BBC Radio 4, Val McDermid, True Crime, Forensic Science
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Mar 29, 2020 Carlo Lucarelli
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Almost Blue By Carlo Lucarell  dramatised by Judith Adams Simon is a blind man with synaesthesia, a condition which enables him to hear sounds in colour. A keen radio hack, he spends his days listening into other people's business.  Two voices set him on a trail which takes him out of the security of his room into the outside world.
Topics: BBC Drama, Carlo Lucarelli, Synesthesia
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Mar 21, 2020 Neil Brand
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A Year at the Races Drama  By Neil Brand. Nearing the end of his career Groucho Marx meets a young star-struck fan, who also happens to be a wisecracking horse doctor. Determined to keep her idol's star shining, she attempts to teach the old funny man some new comedy tricks. A fast-talking comedy drama about fame and the lasting power of a witty-one-liner.    Directed by Helen Perry   A BBC Cymru Wales Production Groucho Toby Jones Selma Jenna Augen   Loretta Tracy-Ann Oberman Eddie Ewan...
Topics: BBC Drama, Neil Brand, Groucho Marx, Toby Jones
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Mar 21, 2020 George Eliot
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Silas Marner Classic Serial Outcast from the church, community, and closest friends for a crime he did not commit, Silas Marner's trust and faith falls away. A broken, disillusioned man, exiled, he builds a new faith, that will never let him down: gold. He weaves his cloths, counts his money, baptises himself with the coins of his new religion. When tragedy strikes again and all his money is stolen he's bereft and grief stricken. Then on New Year's Eve a vision of gold flickers before the...
Topics: BBC Drama, George Eliot
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Mar 21, 2020 John Osborne
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Look Back in Anger Drama To celebrate sixty years since John Osborne wrote his classic play, Richard Wilson directs a new radio dramatisation with David Tennant as Jimmy Porter. The play that launched the Angry Young Man movement has lost none of its bite and still disturbs and questions in equal measure. Directed by Richard Wilson Produced by Clive Brill A Brill production for BBC Radio 4 Jimmy Porter David Tennant Alison Nancy Carroll  Cliff Daniel Evans Helena Claire Price  Colonel Ian...
Topics: BBC Drama, John Osborne, David Tennant
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Mar 20, 2020 Robert Forrest
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Drama On 3: Bix: Singing The Blues Sunday 17 November 10.00pm-11.30pm BBC RADIO 3 Robert Forrest's play explores the heart and mind of legendary cornet player Bix Beiderbecke and his relationship with Louis Armstrong. Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong met on several occasions but only ever played together once - in a private, after-hours session. Creating a fictionalised version of that meeting, Robert Forrest's play explores the heart and mind of Bix Beiderbecke and his relationship with...
Topics: BBC Drama, Robert Forrest, Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong
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Mar 20, 2020 Hannah Silva
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Love Thy Synth Drama on 3  Hannah Silva’s future-set story of a woman’s search for connection is told through the podcasts she makes with her synthetic robodoll. Nikki King is a journalist and presenter of Scientethics, a podcast exploring the blurred lines where tech, science and ethics merge. Covering the reappearance of enigmatic and reclusive robotics expert Tim Lowe, Nikki is surprised to find herself at the centre of his latest work. “The relationship between humans and their...
Topics: BBC Drama, Hannah Silva
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Mar 20, 2020 Philip K Dick
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We Can Remember It For You Wholesale Episode 1 of 2 The story behind Total Recall by sci-fi master Philip K Dick. Hidden beneath false memories, a disturbing truth is revealed. Read by William Hootkins. Episode 2 of 2 Does a childhood fantasy hold the key to the human race's survival? Philip K Dick's classic tale concluded by William Hootkins. 16 Mar 08 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ft10t/episodes/guide
Topics: BBC Drama, Philip K Dick
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Mar 20, 2020 Anne Brontë
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Agnes Grey  Author Anne Brontë  Adaptor Rachel Joyce  Producer and Director Tracey Neale Determined to be a financially independent young woman, Agnes wonders how to find her way in the world. Starring Ellie Kendrick.  Agnes Grey ... Ellie Kendrick  Mrs Grey  ... Juliet Aubrey  Mr Grey  ...  John Bowler  Mrs Bloomfield  ...  Catriona McFarlane  Mr Bloomfield  ...  David Sterne  Tom  ...  Felix Lailey  Mary Ann  ...  Amy Jayne Leigh  Edward Weston   ... George Watkins...
Topics: BBC Drama, Anne Brontë, Ellie Kendrick
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Mar 20, 2020 Victoria Wood
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Pat and Margaret by Victoria Wood adapted for radio by John Foley "When you deal with me, Claire, think icon." Pat is the glamorous face of an American soap opera; Margaret, a waitress in a motorway cafe in Lancashire. Sisters who've not seen each other for 27 years. Brought together in the glare of a popular TV show, they have no choice but to seem thrilled. But a darker past lies behind their reunion. Pat ..... Tracy-Ann Oberman Margaret ..... Sarah Lancashire Maeve ..... Imelda...
Topics: BBC Drama, Victoria Wood, Sarah Lancashire, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Imelda Staunton, Claire Skinner
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Mar 19, 2020 Lorraine Hansberry
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A Raisin in the Sun Drama on 3 by Lorraine Hansberry This ground-breaking play, set on Chicago's South Side in the 1950's, revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of an Afro-American working-class family. A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. In this new production for radio, rarely produced scenes from the original play, which were cut from the original film and stage and subsequent contemporary stage...
Topics: BBC Drama, Lorraine Hansberry
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Mar 19, 2020 Sue Limb
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Skeletons in the Cupboard Sitcom by Sue Limb. Not long after their mother's death, two sisters are packing up the family home Cast: Maureen - Alison Steadman Lesley - Morwenna Banks David - Nigel Planer Written by Sue Limb Produced and Directed by Jamie Rix A Little Brother production for BBC Radio 4
Topics: BBC R4 Comedy, Sue Limb, Alison Steadman, Morwenna Banks, Nigel Planer
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Mar 19, 2020 F Scott Fitzgerald
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Tender Is the Night: A Romance Between the First World War and the Wall Street Crash the French Riviera was the stylish place for wealthy Americans to visit. Among the most fashionable are psychoanalyst Dick Diver and his wife Nicole, who hold court at their villa. Into their circle comes Rosemary Hoyt, a young film star, who is instantly attracted to them, but understands little of the dark secrets that hold them together. A beautiful and poignant novel about marriage, glamour and...
Topics: BBC Drama, F Scott Fitzgerald
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Mar 19, 2020 Elton John
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DIDA: Elton John  01 Jun 86 Michael Parkinson's castaway is singer Elton John. Tracklist 1 Pink Floyd Shine On You Crazy Diamond 2 Nina Simone I Put A Spell On You 3 Edward Elgar Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36: Variation IX "Nimrod" 4 Let It Rock 5 William Henry Monk Abide With Me 6 Thelonious Monk Misterioso 7 John Lennon Stand By Me 8 Wham! Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Elton At The Beeb Steve Wright tells Elton's 70s story exclusively through BBC archive material, with...
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Mar 19, 2020 Ronald Harwood
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The Dresser Michael Palin and Freddie Jones star in Ronald Harwood’s award-winning play about an actor and his dresser. This was Michael Palin’s first radio drama role. Freddie Jones had taken the role of ‘Sir’ in the very first theatre production at the Royal Exchange in 1980, and then in the West End. Ronald Harwood is said to have based the play on his own experience as a dresser to Sir Donald Wolfit.  First broadcast in 1993 on Radio 4 What do we play tomorrow, Norman?"...
Topics: BBC Drama, Michael Palin
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Mar 19, 2020 Spike Milligan
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DIDA: Spike Milligan Roy Plomley's castaway is comedian Spike Milligan. Favourite track: Yesterday by The Beatles Book: Future Shock by Alvin Toffler Luxury: Barclaycard Music Played   Ottorino Respighi Roman Festivals Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Arturo Toscanini   The Chieftains Women Of Ireland   Claude Debussy En bateau (from Petite suite) Soloist: John Ogdon, Brenda Lucas Castaway's Favourite   The Beatles Yesterday   Dmitry Shostakovich Symphony No. 6 in B minor...
Topics: BBC Drama, Spike Milligan
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Mar 18, 2020 Ray Davies & Paul Sirett
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Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall Of The British Empire ) is an album by The Kinks, originally released in October 1969. The songs feature autobiographical stories and characters from Ray Davies' early life and offer a fascinating snapshot of this period in British history - a period of upheaval that resonates strongly with the present. The story is simple - a close-knit, working-class family is torn apart when Ray's brother-in-law, Arthur, decides to move his family half way around the world to...
Topics: BBC Drama, Ray Davies, The Kinks
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Mar 18, 2020 Fin Kennedy
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On Kosovo Field [PJ Harvey] The five-part drama, inspired by musician PJ Harvey’s Kosovan notebooks, was written by Fin Kennedy and is told over a week in January 2017. On Kosovo Field is a new drama written by Fin Kennedy that grew out of the body of work created by PJ Harvey on and after a journey to Kosovo, told over five episodes this January and featuring unreleased song demos from the musician woven through. It stars Michelle Keegan (Our Girl) and Nico Mirallegro (Rillington Place,...
Topics: BBC Drama, PJ Harvey, Michelle Keegan
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Mar 18, 2020 Anthony DeCurtis
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Lou Reed A Life [Omnibus] The essential biography of the Velvet Underground singer and New York legend.  As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock. His music, at once the height of sanctity and perversity, transcended a genre, speaking to millions of listeners, inspiring a new generation of musicians and forever changing the way we think of that iconic era of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.  Throughout his...
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Topics: Anthony DeCurtis, Lou Reed
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Mar 18, 2020 Amanda Whittington
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The Thrill of Love Drama  Maxine Peake plays Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. Starring alongside a cast that includes Siobhan Finneran and Joe Armstrong, Amanda Whittington's hit stage transfer imagines the role played by the women close to Ruth during the months between Ruth's murder of her lover David Blakely and her subsequent death by hanging. Framed with interviews and laced with the music of Billie Holiday, this is an intimate, evocative and thought provoking drama...
Topics: BBC Drama, Maxine Peake, Siobhan Finneran
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Mar 18, 2020 Terence Rattigan
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The Deep Blue Sea Drama on 3 Terence Rattigan's celebrated 1952 play. It is post-war Britain and Hester Collyer has left her husband, an eminent judge, to be with Freddy, an ex-RAF pilot with no prospects. The passion she feels for this younger man is not returned by him, and the play opens as Hester, in a state of despair, has attempted suicide. Directed by David Timson A Ukemi production for BBC Radio 3 Writer Terence Rattigan  Mrs Elton Auriol Smith Philip Welch Joseph Kloska  Ann Welch...
Topics: BBC Drama, Terence Rattigan
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Mar 18, 2020 Steve Trafford
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Hymn To Love: Homage To Piaf [Edith Piaf] Steve Trafford BBC Radio 3: Sunday Play Broadcast: Sunday 24th January 1999 8:55 p.m. "Hymn to Love: Homage to Piaf" centres on one day, one incident, in the life of Edith Piaf which comes to express all her loss and longing: the death of her lover, Marcel Cerdan, killed in a plane crash over the Azores islands on 28th October 1949. When Edith is invited to sing at New York's most fashionable nightclub, The Versailles, she begs Marcel to fly...
Topics: BBC Drama, Edith Piaf
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Mar 18, 2020 Shelagh Stephenson
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The Memory Of Water Ahead of their mother's funeral, three sisters tackle unresolved childhood conflicts and blurred memories. Stars Linda Bassett, Lesley Manville, Elizabeth Berrington. The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson was broadcast on BBC World Service on 22nd July 2006 Three sisters meet on the eve of their mother’s funeral. Outside the house, it's snowing and icy cold. Inside, there's little warmth either, as the sisters tackle unresolved childhood conflicts and blurred memories....
Topics: BBC Drama, Shelagh Stephenson, Linda Bassett, Lesley Manville
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Mar 18, 2020 Arthur C Clarke
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Arthur C Clarke's ground-breaking novel is set in our present, a vision of a future yet to be, and a past shrouded in mystery. Read by William Robert
Topics: BBC Drama, Arthur C Clarke
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Mar 17, 2020 Danny Robins
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The Most Wanted Man in Sweden When an Iraqi asylum seeker unwittingly becomes the most wanted man in Sweden, he and his Swedish interrogator make a surprising plan to clear his name. Krister Henriksson (the original Wallander) and Nitin Ganatra (Masood in Eastenders) star in this funny yet poignant drama by Danny Robins (The Cold Swedish Winter). Nitin Ganatra plays Mohammed, a refugee who has arrived in Sweden after a long and arduous journey to escape the so-called Islamic State.  He is sent...
Topics: BBC Drama, Danny Robins
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Mar 15, 2020 Carol McGuigan
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Winslow Homer (February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910 1881: Two worlds collide when American artist Winslow Homer arrives at a coastal village.  Carol McGuigan's passionate portrait of a painter and the ordinary young woman who changes his life. Based on American artist Winslow Homer's 1881 visit to Cullercoats, a fishing village on England's north east coast. Starring Henry Goodman as Winslow, Joanne Froggatt as Maggie, Charlie Hardwick as Mrs Jefferson, Joe Caffrey as Andy and Sharon Percy...
Topics: BBC Drama, Carol McGuigan, Winslow Homer
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Mar 15, 2020 Bertolt Brecht
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Mr Puntila and His Man Matti  Drama on 3 By Bertolt Brecht Adapted by Lee Hall One of Brecht's best comedies, adapted and updated by award winning writer Lee Hall. A drunken chaotic landowner leans heavily on his stoic chauffeur in a series of ever more outrageous escapades. A witty modern musical version of a comedy classic. Mr Puntila ...... Vincent Ebrahim Matti ...... Derek Riddell Judge ...... Robert Pickavance Eva/Milkmaid ...... Emma Cunniffe Attache ...... Mark Chatterton Moonshine...
Topics: BBC Drama, Bertolt Brecht, Lee Hall
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Mar 15, 2020 Peter Shaffer
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Amadeus  A BBC Radio Classic Drama Drama on 3 Peter Shaffer's award-winning play combines fiction and history to detail the final years of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Antonio Salieri, an older composer, propelled by jealousy, plots the tragic downfall of his brilliant rival. Sir Peter Hall's production, first broadcast in 1983 and recorded with the original National Theatre cast, is being repeated as part of Radio 3's 'Genius of Mozart' season. Antonio Salieri ..... Paul Scofield Wolfgang Amadeus...
Topics: BBC Drama, Peter Shaffer, Paul Scofield'Simon Callow
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Mar 12, 2020 BBC R3
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Message from the Moon Between the Ears  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth… On Christmas Eve 1968, as the crew of Apollo 8 orbited the Moon, they read extracts from Genesis live on TV to tens of millions of people around the world. Later, they would also capture – by accident – a photograph of the Earth rising above the lunar landscape: Earthrise. Both events would have a profound and influential effect that continues to this day. In Message from the Moon, we follow...
Topics: The Moon, BBC R3, Between the Ears
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Mar 11, 2020 Buddy Holly
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Crying Waiting Hoping: The Story Of Buddy Holly's Last Tour Steve Harley tells the story of the 'Winter Dance Party', an ill-advised bus tour of the Midwest, which ended tragically with the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The sound of Buddy Holly & the Crickets prefigured the coming wave of rock and rollers in the 60s, influencing musicians like The Hollies and the Beatles. And in the aftermath of his death, Holly's legend has grown in books, on stage, and on...
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Mar 11, 2020 Bruce Springsteen
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Bruce Springsteen: A working-class hero and plainspoken visionary whose sincere romantic insights into everyday lives have earned comparisons to American literary giants like John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie. His belief in Rock's mythic past - and its potential - has revitalised pop music and made Springsteen a superstar. Now, 5 decades after his mother bought him an $18 guitar and he began playing for small audiences at a trailer park on New Jersey's Route 34, Bruce tells his story and...
Topic: Bruce Springsteen
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Mar 10, 2020 Dr Thor Hanson
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Buzz Dr Thor Hanson on the nature and necessity of bees.
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Topics: BBC Book Of The Week, Dr Thor Hanson
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Mar 9, 2020 David Renwick
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Alive and Buried One Foot in the Grave Episode 1 of 4 Grumpy Victor Meldrew arrives at work to learn that he's no longer employed and is set to be replaced by a box. With time passing very slowly in his enforced retirement, Victor gripes about newsreaders and worries about becoming a lavatory junkie. Richard Wilson stars as Victor and Annette Crosbie as his long-suffering wife Margaret. Adapted for radio by David Renwick from his BBC TV script.  Victor Meldrew ...... Richard Wilson Margaret...
Topics: BBC Comedy, David Renwick
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Mar 8, 2020 Elvis Costello
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Book of the Week Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink 'Had he not picked up a guitar, and put on the black glasses and porkpie hats, Elvis Costello might easily have been a poet, a Charles Simic or a Paul Muldoon,' New York Times Elvis Costello, one of the greatest and most influential singer-songwriters, reads his witty, frank and very irreverent take of his 40 years at the top of the music business. Born Declan Patrick MacManus in London in 1954, Elvis Costello was raised in London and...
Topics: BBC Book Of The Week, Elvis Costello
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Mar 8, 2020 Daphne Du Maurier
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Daphne Du Maurier My Cousin Rachel Episode 1 of 2 Ambrose is a hero to his young ward Philip, but things change when he meets Philip's cousin.  Stars Damien Lewis and Lia Williams. My Cousin Rachel Episode 2 of 2  Philip experiences more than one revelation when he finally faces his guardian's widow.  Stars Damien Lewis and Lia Williams. Fri 15 Apr 2011
Topics: BBC Drama, Daphne Du Maurier, Damien Lewis, Lia Williams.
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Mar 8, 2020 Noël Coward
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Comedy by Noel Coward. Divorced couple Amanda and Elyot meet again on their second honeymoons. Amanda ...... Helena Bonham Carter Elyot ...... Bill Nighy Sibyl ...... Andrea Riseborough Victor ...... Paul Ritter Louise ...... AnnaRose Cattanach Pianist: Colin Guthrie Directed by Sally Avens. Broadcast Sat 2 Jan 201014:30BBC Radio 4
Topics: BBC Drama, Noël Coward, Helena Bonham Carter, Bill Nighy]
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Mar 8, 2020 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich [2019] Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's classic tale, published in 1962 and the first book to give a true insight into life in a 1950s Soviet labour camp. It was specifically mentioned in the presentation speech when Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Ivan Denisovich Shukhov has been sentenced to a camp in the Soviet gulag system. He was accused of becoming a spy after being captured briefly by the Germans as a prisoner...
Topics: BBC Drama, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Mar 8, 2020 Gerard Hoffnung
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Hoffnung Drawn To Music [Matt Lucas] By Alan Stafford. Starring Matt Lucas and originally broadcast to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gerard Hoffnung's death, the eccentric cartoonist organises the first ever full-scale humorous symphonic concert at the Royal Festival Hall. It is 1956, and the fruity-voiced raconteur, tuba player and occasional Quasimodo impersonator Gerard Hoffnung is about to unveil his latest madcap scheme, a Hoffnung Music Festival: a full-scale symphonic concert that...
Topics: BBC Drama, Matt Lucas, Gerard Hoffnung
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Mar 8, 2020 A.L. Kennedy
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Love Love Love Like the Beatles by A.L. Kennedy Starring Bill Nighy. A romantic comedy drama about a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown who retreats up a tree. All his life, Oliver has never been able to say those three special words - I love you. Yesterday Oliver lost his job and today - after walking in a daze all night - he is quite literally at his wits' end and waiting for the love of his life, Jo, in a private residents' garden. Knowing that he has a tendency to bolt he has cornered...
Topics: BBC Drama, A.L. Kennedy, Bill Nighy
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Mar 8, 2020 Zadie Smith
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Feel Free - Omnibus Feel Free is an electrifying selection of Zadie Smith's published essays between 2010 and 2018. Wide ranging, timely and witty, each essay is a perceptive view of the contemporary world - offering sharp, and often funny, insights and observations on high culture, pop culture, social change, political debate and the personal. Omnibus of five episodes read by the author.  One of the best regarded writers of her generation, Zadie Smith is the award winning author of the...
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Mar 8, 2020 Yevgeny Zamyatin
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We  Rationality Inside its glass dome the One State is a place of mathematical precision, a community where everything is everyone's and integrity, clarity and unerrring loyalty reign over all. D-503, Builder of the Integral, is an honest Cipher, ashamed of the hairy hands that link him to a barbaric ancestry. And yet he is tormented by the figure a-1, that impenetrable x, the legacy that makes him lust, imagine, that's given him a soul.  Consumed by his sickness and obsessed with the...
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Mar 8, 2020 Anthony Burgess
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A Clockwork Orange [2010] A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Anthony Burgess' novel which became a controversial film in the 1970s. In a nightmare world of the near future, packs of teenagers run wild, beyond the control of their families or the police.  Alex is a gang leader, addicted to drug-fuelled assault, torture, and rape. Jason Hughes Alex A Clockwork Orange [2017] Drama on 3  by Anthony Burgess Alex and his vicious gang of 'droogs' revel in horrific violence. They run riot and...
Topic: BBC Drama:Anthony Burgess
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Mar 7, 2020 Nico Muhly
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ENO: Nico Muhly's Marnie Opera on 3 Tom Service presents Nico Muhly's 'Marnie', from ENO. Based on the novel by Winston Graham and set in the 1950's, Marnie makes her living by embezzling from her employers before moving on. She is finally caught in the act by one of her employers, Mark Rutland who then blackmails her into marriage. Sasha Cooke stars in the title role, with Daniel Okulitch as Mark Rutland., with ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins. Tom Service is joined by Fiona Maddocks for the...
Topics: BBC R3 Opera On 3, Nico Muhly
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Mar 5, 2020 Lynn Ferguson
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Millport Comedy series set on a tiny island on the west coast of Scotland. Cast Irene ...... Lynn Ferguson Moira/Agnes ...... Janet Brown Alberto/Robert/Bob ...... Lewis McLeod Ena/Bunty/Betty ...... Gabriel Quigley Doogie ...... Matt Costello
Topic: BBC Comedy
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Mar 3, 2020 Neil McKay
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With his songs of loss, loneliness and rejection, Roy Orbison gave consolation to millions, but the singer had to contend with appalling luck and tragedy in his life. Drama by Neil McKay, with Kerry Shale, Barbara Barnes, David Schofield, Marcus D'Amico, David Jarvis and Stuart Milligan.   Cast Kerry Shale Barbara Barnes David Schofield Marcus D'Amico David Jarvis Stuart Milligan Writer Neil McKay
Topics: Roy Orbison, BBC Drama
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Mar 3, 2020 Neil McKay'
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A portrait of the enigmatic Sam Cooke - hit singer of 'Wonderful World' and 'Chain Gang'. Neil McKay's drama with Lennie James
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Mar 2, 2020 Tennessee Williams
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A Streetcar Named Desire Anne Marie Duff leads a stellar cast in a new landmark production of Tennessee Williams's iconic play, telling the story of a catastrophic confrontation between fantasy and reality, embodied in the characters of Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski. Blanche DuBois arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister Stella and her explosive brother-in-law Stanley. Over the course of one hot and steamy New Orleans summer, Blanche's fragile façade slowly crumbles, wreaking...
Topics: Tennessee Williams, BBC Drama
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Jan 31, 2020 John Steinbeck
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East of Eden Episode 1 of 3 John Steinbeck's epic tale exploring the nature of good and evil, inspired by the story of Cain and Abel. Cathy Ames is a young woman who has always filled her parents with a deep sense of unease. Adam and Charles Trask are brothers whose relationship veers dangerously between love and hate. Their lives are about to collide in a dark and febrile drama about familial love. Starring Holliday Grainger, Robin Laing and David Yip. Dramatised in three parts by Donna...
Topics: BBC Drama, BBC Doc, John Steinbeck, Of Mice & Men, East Of Eden
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Jan 29, 2020 James M Cain
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Double Indemnity [2013] The James M Cain Series  Walter Huff has a good steady job in the insurance business and leads a quiet life. Then he meets and falls in love with Phyllis, an unhappily married woman, enquiring about accident insurance for her husband.  They come up with a plan in which Phyllis's husband will die an unlikely death, by falling from a moving train. The 'accidental' nature of his demise will trigger the 'double indemnity' clause of the policy, forcing the insurance company...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Jan 28, 2020 Mark Forsyth
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The Horologicon Book of the Week Mark Forsyth offers hidden delights from the English language to suit all hours of the day and night.  Read by Hugh Dennis
Topics: BBC Radio Book O The Week, Mark Forsyth, Hugh Dennis, Linguistics
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Jan 28, 2020 Alex Lynch & Charlotte Michael
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Expenses Only is a narrative sketch show by new writer Alex Lynch, centred around internships and the world of work experience. In each episode, the show's two leading twenty-something protagonists, Tim (enthusiastic worker) and Miranda (jaded graduate), attempt to break into a different industry through a series of increasingly challenging placements. The series is made up of an ensemble cast and is also tied together using linking sketches, signature ad-breaks and the Narrator who, with his...
Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Jan 23, 2020 Charles Dickens
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Hard Times [1854] Hard facts are all that provincial businessmen, Mr Gradgrind and Mr Bounderby feel are necessary in life. But the arrival of Sleary's circus in Coketown shows another way... Charles Dickens's classic about struggles in the industrial north, dramatised in four parts by Doug Lucie. Stars Kenneth Cranham as Thomas Gradgrind Philip Jackson as Josiah Bounderby Eleanor Bron as Mrs Sparsit Thelma Barlow as Mrs Gradgrind Derek Waring as Sleary Helen Longworth as Louisa Becky Hindley...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Jan 23, 2020
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Drama Graeae's Amy Dorrit  Iconic Dickensian heroine fights her way out of poverty in 21st century Britain. Graeae theatre company present a radical new imagining of Charles Dickens' classic Little Dorrit, dramatised by April De Angelis and Nicola Werenowska.  Inequality and the overpowering burden of debt were Dickens’ key themes in Little Dorrit, which resonate just as powerfully today. This bold new version places women, disability and housing to the fore. Amy Dorrit is a young woman...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Jan 23, 2020 Charles Dickens
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Our Mutual Friend [1864-1865] Lizzie and Gaffer Hexam find a body floating in the River Thames.  Dickens dramatisation  starring Simon Cadell and Janet Maw.
Topics: BBC Drama, Charles Dickens
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Jan 23, 2020 Charles Dickens
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The Old Curiosity Shop [Omnibus] Starring Emily Chennery as Nell Alex Jennings as the Narrator Trevor Peacock as Grandfather Phil Daniels as Daniel Quilp Ben Crowe as Dick Swiveller. Charles Dickens's fourth novel was published in 1841. Dramatised in 25 episodes by Mike Walker - episodes 1-5. Music by Melanie Pappenheim and Anne Wood. Director: Jeremy Mortimer First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.
Topics: BBC Drama, Charles Dickens
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Jan 23, 2020 Bill Bryson
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DID: Bill Bryson Desert Island Discs Sue Lawley's guest this week is the American travel writer Bill Bryson. His inspiration was his father; a great traveller who never quite made it to his intended destination. His best-selling books, Notes from a Small Island and The Lost Continent, chronicle his experiences of facing up to fearsome British landladies and American motels which make the Bates hotel in Psycho look inviting. Favourite track: (Sittin' On) The Dock of The Bay by Otis Redding Book:...
Topics: BBC Drama, Bill Bryson
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Jan 23, 2020 George & Weedon Grossmith
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The Diary Of A Nobody Johnny Vegas and Katherine Parkinson star in Andrew Lynch's adaptation of the George and Weedon Grossmith's comic novel of 1892. The Diary Of A Nobody is a social vignette of Charles Pooter, a self-important but likeable clerk, his loving wife Carrie and their son William. The Pooter character has been described as 'a metaphor for lower middle-class pretension and pomposity' and been reproduced in creations such as Victor Meldrew and Captain Mainwaring. Much of the action...
Topics: BBC Drama, The Diary Of A Nobody [Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson
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Jan 23, 2020 Roddy Doyle
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Not Just For Christmas It was always Danny and Jimmy, Jimmy and Danny. They were blood brothers, inseparable, them against the world - until the one big row that drove them apart. Now twenty years on Jimmy is on the phone, he wants to meet. Jimmy wants to make his peace with his estranged brother, even if it involves a little white lie or two... Regarded as one of Ireland's most influential contemporary writers Roddy Doyle shot to fame with his novels The Commitments, The Van, (Booker...
Topics: BBC Drama, Roddy Doyle
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Jan 23, 2020 Arnold Wesker
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Chicken Soup with Barley A chance to hear a transfer to radio of The Royal Court Theatre's acclaimed 2011 production of Arnold Wesker's landmark play from 1958 that captures the collapse of an ideology, alongside the disintegration of a family.  Arnold Wesker celebrates his 80th birthday this month and this is one of the plays that made him a leading voice of 1960s "kitchen sink" British drama. The kettle boils in 1936 as the fascists are marching. Tea is brewed in 1946, with...
Topics: BBC Drama, Arnold Wesker, Samantha Spiro
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Jan 21, 2020 Shaun Prendergast & Hamish McColl
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The Goldfish Bowl Two goldfish, Liam and Anton, contemplate life from their bowl, watching their owners. Stars Shaun Prendergast & Hamish McColl https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00cp2hf/episodes/guide
Topics: BBC R$ Comedy, Shaun Prendergast, Hamish McColl
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Jan 21, 2020 Charlotte Cory
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BBC R4 FindthePerfectPartner4u.com Charlotte Cory's comic series explores the perils of internet dating for the middle-aged man. Cast Henry Goodman, Lia Williams, Marcia Warren & Carl Prekopp.
Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Jan 21, 2020 Patrick Barlow;John Ramm
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National Theatre Of Brent
Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Jan 21, 2020 Miles Jupp
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In & Out Of The Kitchen https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01q9tb1/episodes/guide Sitcom written by and starring Miles Jupp, charting the life of cookery writer Damien Trench, who lives in Queen's Park with his partner Anthony. Cast Damien Trench ...... Miles Jupp Anthony MacIlveny ...... Justin Edwards Damien's Mother ...... Selina Cadell Mr Mullaney ...... Brendan Dempsey Ian Frobisher ...... Philip Fox
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Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Jan 21, 2020 Guy Browning
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Guy Browning's Small Tal k https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02qlq5r/episodes/guide
Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Jan 21, 2020 Sue Limb
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From Gorsemere To Gloomsbury The Literary Lunacy of Sue Limb Shaun Ley takes you on a three-hour guided tour through a world of literacy lunacy that flows from the pen of dramatist Sue Limb. The voyage of parody takes the listener from the Lake District retreat of Romantic poets – a rural idyll rocked by the arrival of the philandering Lord Biro – to gardens of Sizzlinghurst Castle and the “very modern” politics and personal lives of the Gloomsbury set. The English Civil War gets...
Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Jan 21, 2020 Marc Wootton
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Date Night Character comedy series starring Marc Wootton, Catherine Tate, Katherine Parkinson and Monica Dolan playing couples going out on a date night to keep their relationships alive. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002z4x
Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Jan 21, 2020 Joel Morris & Jason Hazeley
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Agendum Current affairs parody created by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bgmrz9
Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Jan 21, 2020 Dave Gorman
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Genius Dave Gorman and a celebrity guest chew over ridiculous and unworkable inventions.
Topics: BBC R4 Comedy, Dave Gorman
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Jan 20, 2020 Christopher Douglas & Nicola Sanderson
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Beauty Of Britain by Christopher Douglas and Nicola Sanderson. A view of Britain through the eyes of Beauty Olonga, a carer and inspiration to other African girls in the UK. Stars Jocelyn Jee Esien, Felicity Montagu, Indira Joshi, Paul Sharma and Nicola Sanderson. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0100t05
Topics: BBC R4 Comedy, Jocelyn Jee Esien
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Jan 20, 2020 Caroline Moran & James J. Moran
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Prepper Are you ready for Armageddon? Get prepared!  Comedy with Sue Johnston & Pearl Mackie. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00026x4
Topics: BBC R4 Comedy, Sue Johnston, Pearl Mackie
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Jan 19, 2020 Adrian Edmondson, Phill Jupitus, Rowland Rivron & Neil Innes
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In Transit [Pilot] A pilot made for BBC Radio 4 about the Idiot Bastard Band (Adrian Edmondson, Phill Jupitus, Rowland Rivron and Neil Innes) about their exploits on tour in The German Van. For various reasons a commissioned series was indefinitely postponed. Recorded at RADA Studios October 2013 Innes Own World Famed for 'The Rutles' and 'The Bonzo Dog Band', Neil Innes ruminates wryly on the nature of civilisation.
Topics: BBC R4 Comedy, Adrian Edmondson, Phill Jupitus, Rowland Rivron, Neil Innes
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Jan 19, 2020 Basil Boothroyd
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The Small Intricate Life Of Gerald C Potter The Small, Intricate Life of Gerald C Potter brings back Basil Boothroyd’s quietly comic classic from the Seventies, with Ian Carmichael as the amiable crime writer who never quite finishes anything and Charlotte Mitchell as his wife, who does.
Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Jan 19, 2020 Kim Fuller
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The Castle Radio sitcom set in a medieval castle with some remarkably modern trappings. Stars James Fleet and Neil Dudgeon https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00g64vk/episodes/guide Series 1 Sir William De Warenne moves into the castle next door and discovers the lovely Anne. Anne discovers gorgeous peasant Sam. Charlotte discovers that she is supposed to stay out of the way. An unexpected lion and the world's first satellite dish spell trouble for Anne's hoped-for romance with Sam Tree. Sir...
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Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Jan 17, 2020 Yasmina Reza
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Art A philosophical French drama. Marc cannot believe that his friend Serge has bought an expensive modern painting, and they quarrel, while the play's  third character, a friend of them both, tries to calm them. By Yasmina Reza. Translated by Christopher Hampton. When Serge buys an expensive modern painting, the reaction of his friends tests their friendship to the limit. Music specially composed by Stephen Warbeck and played by Steve Buckley (alto sax), Django Bates (piano) and Tim Harries...
Topics: BBC Drama, Yasmina Reza, Art, God Of Carnage
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Jan 17, 2020 BBC Radio
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BBC Classic Albums & Classic Singles
Topics: BBC Radio Docs:Classic Albums, Classic Singles
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Jan 17, 2020 BBC Scotland
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BBC Scotland Celtic Zone
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Jan 16, 2020 Amanda Vickery
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Amanda Vickery On Men Amanda Vickery explores the history of masculinity through six different archetypes of the ideal man. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01m0jnf/episodes/guide https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01m0jnf/episodes/guide
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Jan 16, 2020 Amanda Vickery
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Voices From The Old Bailey Amanda Vickery presents dramatised extracts from 18th-century Old Bailey court cases. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012stwb/episodes/guide
Topics: BBC R4 Doc, Amanda Vickery
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Jan 16, 2020 Amanda Vickery
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A History Of Private Life Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mvfb7/episodes/guide https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mvfb7/episodes/guide?page=2
Topics: BBC R4 Doc, Amanda Vickery
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Jan 16, 2020 BBC R2 Sounds Of The 20th Century
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BBC R2 Sounds Of The 20th Century Jeremy Vine introduces Radio 2's audio journey through the years from 1951 to 2000, helping listeners to relive the music, news, radio, TV and movies of the times https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0103r3t/episodes/guide?page=1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0103r3t/episodes/guide?page=2
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Jan 16, 2020 BBC The Radio Ballads
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BBC The Radio Ballads On the Edge A radio ballad about teenagers in England and Scotland Singing the Fishing A radio ballad about Britain's herring fishing communities Song of a Road A radio ballad about the building of the M1 motorway The Ballad of John Axon A radio ballad about the railwaymen of England The Ballad Of The Big Ships The Ballad of the Big Ships’ explores the relationship between the shipbuilders of Newcastle and Glasgow The Ballad Of The Miners' Strike The Ballad of the...
Topic: BBC The Radio Ballads
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Jan 16, 2020 Bob Marley
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Bob Marley & The Wailers Lyceum 1975 [BBC R4 For One Night Only] Live at the Lyceum  Paul Gambaccini looks at the story behind this 1975 concert, which marked the crossover of reggae into pop music.  Producer Marya Burges Repeat 'Til Fade: No Woman No Cry and Is Music the Universal Language Music has a powerful impact on our minds, but how does it do that and how is music part of being human? A neuroscientist, a psychologist and an ethnomusicologist ponder those ideas and we'll also...
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Jan 16, 2020 George & Ira Gershwin
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George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Opera on 3  English National Opera's universally acclaimed production of George Gershwin's 1935 opera was this season's hot ticket. From its opening number "Summertime", through songs including "I Got Plenty of Nothin'", "Bess, You is My Woman Now" and “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, Porgy and Bess is stuffed full of hits as it tells a compelling story of love and violence in a poor South Carolina fishing community, played...
Topics: BBC R3 Opera on 3, George & Ira Gershwin
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Jan 16, 2020 Jools Holland
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BBC World Service  On The Road With Jools Holland S01E01 New York S01E02 Nashville S01E03 Clarksdale S01E04 Memphis
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Jan 15, 2020 Thomas Hardy
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Tess Of The D'Urbervilles The story of Tess Durbeyfield, the most tragic of Thomas Hardy's heroines. First published in 1891.  Dramatised in four parts by Alan Sharp Starring  Claire Rushbrook as Tess Adam Godley as Alec James D'Arcy as Angel Keith Barron as Mr Durbeyfield Amelda Brown as Mrs Durbeyfield Lyndsey Marshal as Liza Lu Jennie Stoller as Mrs D'Urbeville David Thorpe as Felix Kenny Blyth as Cuthbert Janice Acquah as Marion Clare Corbett as Lizzie. Music composed by Sylvia Hallett....
Topic: BBC Drama
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Jan 15, 2020 Virginia Woolf
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Orlando Drama on 3  Virginia Woolf's Orlando re-imagined by five poets An exhilarating, inventive, comedic odyssey spanning four centuries. A journey of self-discovery and transformation, unravelling gender expectations, identity and sexuality. Chapter 1 & 6: by Amanda Dalton Chapter 2: by Caroline Bird Chapter 3: by Zena Edwards Chapter 4: by Karen McCarthy Woolf  Chapter 5: by Hannah Silva Cast Orlando - Emma Frankland Oak Tree - Claire Benedict Queen Elizabeth I / The Blackamoor - Nina...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Jan 14, 2020 Douglas Adams
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The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy Douglas Adams' sci-fi comedy following the misadventures of hapless human Arthur Dent. BBC Episode Guide https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03v379k/episodes/guide
Topics: The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, HHGTTG, Douglas Adams
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Jan 14, 2020 Tom Craine & Henry Paker
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ReincarNathan Nathan didn't really nail life the first time round, so now he's getting a second chance... and a third...  Daniel Rigby and Diane Morgan star in new sitcom about reincarnation. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002824/episodes/guide
Topics: BBC R4 Comedy, Diane Morgan
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Jan 14, 2020 Ray Galton & Alan Simpson
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Hancock's Half Hour
Topics: BBC R4 Comedy, Tony Hancock, Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
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Jan 14, 2020 Ray Galton & Alan Simpson
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The Missing Hancocks
Topics: BBC R4 Comedy, Ray Galton, Alan Simpson, Tony Hancock
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Jan 13, 2020 Patrick Marber & Peter Curran
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The acclaimed Bunk Bed with funny, intimate in-the-dark conversation and the voices of the famous dead.  Peter Curran and Patrick Marber let those crazy disconnected thoughts before sleep float into the air.
Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Jan 13, 2020 David Sedaris
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Meet David Sedaris
Topics: BBC R4, David Sedaris, Meet David Sedaris
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Jan 13, 2020 Sue Limb
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Sue Limb's Bed and Breakfast sitcom about sisters Alison and Maud and their guests at the Abbeyfield Guest House in Norwich. Starring Denise Coffey as Alison, Miriam Margolyes as Maud.
Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Jan 13, 2020 Steve Chambers & Phil Nodding
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HighLites Comedy about hairdressers Bev & Shirl. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03kl2qc/episodes/guide
Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Jan 13, 2020 Jeremy Front & Simon Brett
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Bill Nighy as actor-cum-sleuth Charles Paris A Reconstructed Corpse by Jeremy Front Based on the novel by Simon Brett Charles takes on the role of a lookalike in a crime reconstruction programme. But a missing person case soon turns to murder. Charles ..... Bill Nighy Frances ..... Suzanne Burden Maurice ..... Jon Glover Angie ..... Alex Rivers Rob Garston ..... Adam Billington Chloe Earnshaw ..... Francine Chamberlain Greg Marchmont ..... Carl Prekopp Superintendent Sorsby ..... Gerard...
Topics: BBC Drama, Bill Nighy, Jeremy Front, Simon Brett
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Jan 13, 2020 BBC Radio;B.B. King;Bessie Smith;John Lee Hooker;Louis Jordan;Muddy Waters;Robert Johnson
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A Beginner's Guide To The Blues
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Jan 13, 2020 Alan Harris;Annamaria Murphy;Meic Povey
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Curious Under The Stars Magical comedy drama about Gareth and Diane - pub landlords in Glan Don, a mysterious village perched on the wild Welsh coast.  Cast Gareth... Elis James Diane... Emma Sidi https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b0s228/episodes/player?page=5
Topics: BBC Drama, Curious Under The Stars
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Jan 13, 2020 Margaret Atwood
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DIDA: Margaret Atwood [BBC R4 Desert Island Discs] https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00937l3 Margaret Atwood [BBC Radio 5 Live Headliners] https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07n1160 The Handmaid's Tale Adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel set in a world of women under oppression The Testaments Margaret Atwood's powerful and hugely-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid's Tale picks up 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown.
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Topics: BBC Drama, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments
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Jan 12, 2020 Lynne Reid Banks
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The L-Shaped Room [Omnibus] In a squalid 1950s bedsit, single Jane is pregnant and has to overcome personal and social prejudices.  Stars Lynne Seymour The Backward Shadow [Omnibus] Lynne Reid Banks's sequel to The L-Shaped Room begins with unmarried Jane living with her small baby in the cottage inherited from her aunt.  One night she has a surprise visitor. Omnibus of the first five of ten episodes dramatised by Juliet Ace. Jane ...... Lynne Seymour  Dottie .....Rachel Atkins Toby...
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Jan 12, 2020
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ENTERTAINING MR. SLOAN The first radio production of Joe Orton's notoriously successful play first staged in 1964. Sloane, an ambiguously sexually attractive young man, comes in search of lodgings, is seduced by the landlady, and desired by her homosexual brother. The Dadda has a justified suspicion that Sloane has committed a murder; so the scene is set for an unexpected denouement.  Radio 3 lifts her skirts up above her ankles a little for a flash of naughtiness when Joe Orton's debut play...
Topics: BBC Drama, Joe Orton